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WENATCHEE COMES UP SHORT IN 4-3 LOSS

PHOTO: Lucas Sowder (11) scored a goal in the Wild’s 4-3 loss on Friday night.
CREDIT: Russ Alman / Digital Media Northwest

The Wenatchee Wild jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Friday, but came up short in a 4-3 loss to the first-place West Kelowna Warriors on Friday night at Town Toyota Center with a crowd of over 2,300.

The Wild killed off an early penalty, and took a 1-0 lead when Brian Adams snapped a wrister inside the far post from the right wing at 4:07 of the first period. Lucas Sowder doubled the lead, finishing off a snappy pass combo from Cristophe Tellier and Christophe Fillion at 7:02 and the Wild led 2-0. The turning point in the game seemed to be at the midpoint of the second period when a controversial penalty call led to a 5-on-3 power play for the Warriors, who scored to make it 2-1 on a Mike Hardman goal. Lucas Cullen buried a rebound just over a minute later to tie the game at 2. Wenatchee retook the lead on a power play goal of their own when Matt Dorsey delivered a slick between the legs no-look pass that Josh Arnold slapped home and it was 3-2 with about six minutes to play in the second. West Kelowna got two goals :19 seconds apart and led 4-3 at the second intermission. The Wild were unable to find the equalizer, and West Kelowna moved into first place with the 4-3 win. Both goaltenders made a few sparkling saves early in the game.

Wenatchee (9-9-2) continues their homestand Saturday night against the Powell River Kings (12-6-0). The game will be available for video streaming on HockeyTV, and will be broadcast live on “Sports Radio 1340 The Hawk” with the Pregame Show beginning at 6:45 pm.